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By Bhupendra SinghThe Indian Army recently announced, “Tour of Duty”, a proposal to allow citizens to join the army for three years. The Indian Army, Navy, and Airforce face a shortage of around 17%, 13%, and 4% respectively, as per a written reply to a question in the parliament.The difference varies glaringly among the services, particularly when the pay, perks, allowances, and the pride associated is comparable. The tour of duty scheme is designed to address the issue of shortage of officers but the larger question is did we need a new entry, would it attract talent, and will it lead to cost savings.Complicated officer-level entries. The tri-services have diverse and complicated entries to join forces as officers, for people with different educational qualifications and at different stages of career. Among the services, the Indian Army has arguably one of the most complicated entry schemes- 2 different entries at 10+2 level and several different entries for graduates, … [Read more...] about Tour of Duty: An imprecise proposition
By Amit Kapoor & Chirag Yadav In times of natural disasters or global epidemics like the one we are currently facing, a common platitude that is often heard is that of these events being a great equalizer. At first glance, it seems like a convincing argument since they do not discriminate based on the colour of the skin, the community to which one belongs or their accumulated wealth. The Covid-19 pandemic has been seemingly uniform in its devastation crossing borders around the world in a flash and killing millions in its wake. If anything, the richer nations have been relatively more affected until now than their less developed counterparts. However, upon closer inspection, it becomes evident how the most vulnerable sections of society are usually the most affected in times of such crises. But, first, let us back up a little bit. The level of inequality in any society – weather it be social or economic – has a significantly intricate relationship with pandemics. … [Read more...] about View: Inequality and pandemics
(This story was first published in the Times of India on July 9, 2020) NEW DELHI: Think Indian athletics and you will think of her. 'Golden Girl', Payyoli Express are just some of the nicknames of Pilavullakandi Thekkeraparambil Usha, better known as PT Usha. The track and field legend is still regarded as the finest track athlete the country has ever produced. PT Usha was the first Indian woman athlete to reach the final of an Olympic event, at the Los Angeles Games in 1984. She lost the bronze medal in the 400 m hurdles by one hundredth of a second, but her timing of 55.42 seconds remains a national record till date. PT Usha was awarded the Arjuna Award in 1983 and the Padma Shri in 1985. In an exclusive interview with TimesofIndia.com, PT Usha talks about her glorious career, the current state of Indian athletics and sports in the times of Covid-19. Excerpts: You are still regarded as the finest track athlete the country has ever produced. How does it feel to be an … [Read more...] about Crores of rupees being spent, but we are not getting closer to an Olympic medal in athletics, says PT Usha
And though I can't claim to have been best buds with Sushant, his passing has affected me deeply and in a way I can't explain.. … [Read more...] about ‘You must have been in so much pain’